By Margaret Ponsonby
such a lot houses some time past weren't elite, prosperous interiors entire with haute couture furniture, designed via famous architects and architects, as many household histories usually appear to have assumed. As this ebook makes transparent, there have been in truth an immense number of condo interiors in England throughout the interval 1750-1850, reflecting the positioning, prestige and gender of specific homeowners, in addition to their altering attitudes, tastes and aspirations. via concentrating on non-metropolitan houses, which represented the vast majority of families in England, this examine highlights the necessity for historians to appear past winning attitudes that frequently lessen interiors to general descriptions in response to excessive models of the ornamental arts. in its place it indicates how a variety of social and cultural affects affected the way within which houses have been provided and adorned. concerns akin to the supply of products, gender, nearby style, source of revenue, the second-hand industry, altering notions of privateness and loved ones hierarchies and print tradition, may well all have an important impression on family furnishing. The examine ends with a dialogue of ways household interiors of ancient homes were offered and displayed nowa days, highlighting how competing notions of the prior can cloud in addition to remove darkness from the difficulty. Combining cultural historical past and qualitative research of facts, this ebook provides a brand new method of taking a look at 'ordinary' and 'provincial' houses that enriches our figuring out of English household lifetime of the overdue eighteenth and early 19th centuries.